At Kamarajar Salai close to the Marina Beach, the Museum of Possibilities (MoP) has been attracting a steady stream of guests considering the fact that it threw open its doors final year.

Conceived as a space which is a demonstrative centre for assistive devices and technologies, the museum is hunting to host far more organisations and commence-ups functioning in this sphere in the coming months.

Hethal Solanki, the manager at the museum, stated quite a few guests are interested in studying far more about the assistive devices and technologies on show. “Next week, we have a demonstration by Thinkerbell, a commence-up which is functioning on a device for studying Braille. When commence-ups are approaching us to hold their innovations on show, we are encouraging them to make use of this space as a neighborhood hub and interact with a bigger crowd,” she stated. 

The museum sees an typical of 500 guests just about every month and quite a few who come in have been speaking to the physiotherapist and the speech therapist there.

“Parents of young children with disabilities, in specific, come right here and discover far more about mobility aids and about assistive technologies. For young children who have speech challenges, we counsel their parents and give them an introduction to what speech therapy will entail and the response they can anticipate from their young children,” stated Kaaba Nazia, a speech therapist at the museum. 

A model dwelling on show — displaying the modifications that can be carried out to the living area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom to make them accessible — has inspired a handful of persons to implement such alterations in their residences. A visitor who saw this wished to modify the bathroom in his home to make it far more accessible, and worked with them on it.

“They looked about the exhibits right here and got an thought of how they wanted to incorporate modifications in their home and make it far more accessible. They consulted us and integrated grab bars, a basin at a low height for a wheelchair user, and sloping floors,” stated Ms. Hethal, who was the museum curator as portion of the Group for Accessibility and Affordable Accommodation (TARA). 

TARA, which is a portion of the Project Commence to Reside Independently with Help Systems (BLISS) from Vidya Sagar, worked on conceptualising the museum with the Tamil Nadu government. 

Apart from inviting far more commence-ups and organisations producing innovations in the assistive technologies space, the museum is keen on welcoming corporates and members of the public to make awareness of how they can make workspaces inclusive and what assistive technologies will assist in it.

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